NEURALINK, a biotech company from Tesla founder Elon Musk, is accused of torturing monkeys being used for testing purposes.
An animal rights group, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is claiming they’ve obtained records detailing the monkeys’ 虐待.
The animal-rights group told 商业内幕 that the records show monkeys experienced “extreme suffering as a result of inadequate animal care and the highly invasive experimental head implants during the experiments.”
Multiple media outlets are reporting that 23 monkeys were involved in the experiments, which lasted from 2017 到 2020.
然而, it’s also reported 15 of the monkeys either died or were euthanized by 2020.
The remaining seven monkeys were transferred to a Neuralink facility.
Neuralink is reportedly developing a brain chip that would monitor, and even stimulate brain activity.
The company inked a deal with UC Davis in 2017 to develop the brain chip technology by testing with monkeys, as the university is known for its research facility for primates.
But the animal-rights group is claiming the university withheld information about the treatment of the animals during the testing.
The monkeys may have suffered from “possibly from self-mutilation or some other unspecified trauma,” 根据 纽约邮报.
The outlet is also reporting that the records indicate some monkeys may have had holes drilled in their heads, and others suffered from bloody skin infections.
On its website, Neuralink states: “Inserting a device into the brain always carries some risk of bleeding. We are trying to reduce that risk by using micron-scale threads, inserted with a needle whose diameter is about the size of many neurons in the brain.”
In a statement to Fortune, a UC Davis spokesperson denied the allegations, 说: “We fully complied with the California Public Records Act in responding to their request.”
Neuralink and UC Davis ended their relationship in 2020.
Neither has responded to The US Sun’s request for comment.